Read our pocket guide to Australasia
Australasia: A pocket guide
Comprised of twenty countries in the South Pacific, Australasia is a traveler’s delight. The immense diversity and natural beauty of the region is astounding. From Fiji’s turquoise waters and swaying palms to New Zealand’s jagged mountain tops and pristine forests, visitors are absolutely wowed – and left wanting more luxurious explorations of this unique corner of the globe.
The islands of the South Pacific are what tropical vacation dreams are made of. The region boasts thousands of stunning islands bordered by gorgeous sandy beaches and lush flora. Travelers to Fiji can have a whole deserted island to themselves, the ideal place to switch off from the rest of the world. Spend some time leisurely boating from island to island, stopping in at secluded beaches or meeting the locals to learn about their traditions. Further cultural experiences can be had on the Solomon Islands, Tonga and New Caledonia.
South of these islands are the two land masses that make up New Zealand. Known the world over for its incredible nature, a visit to the North or South Island could range from kayaking in the beautiful, subtropical Bay of Islands to hiking around the otherworldly volcanic craters of Lake Taupo. Delve into the country’s heritage by discovering the culture of the Maori or visiting sites linked to its British colonial history. You definitely won’t regret ending your days on your villa terrace savoring a glass of crisp local wine and the breathtaking vista of snowy mountain peaks in the distance.
Australia is the largest country of the continent, attracting visitors with its adventurous outback, miles of spectacular beaches and intriguing wildlife. A trip “Down Under” wouldn’t be complete without catching sight of a kangaroo or the iconic Sydney Opera House. In the southeast, hip Melbourne lures coffee and art lovers whereas the northeast draws nature aficionados eager to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Celebrate the end of a fabulous holiday with a palate teasing meal prepared by your private chef or at one of the country’s award-winning fusion restaurants, bring you the best of this cosmopolitan country.